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Actress Ingrid Haubert's impressive range keeps her working non-stop across genres
Aesthetically Australian actress Ingrid Haubert looks something like an angelic nymph with an air of exoticism and mystery that makes her nearly impossible to forget.

While her natural beauty allows her to captivate audiences with relative ease, it's Haubert's powerful performances, which are as diverse as they are memorable, that have made such an indelible impression in the minds of both viewers and the people she works with.

Honora Talbott ("Master of None"), who co-starred alongside Haubert in the 2013 romantic thriller film "Ambrosia," says, "Ingrid is great to work with! Her professionalism is only matched by her endlessly positive energy. She's incredibly prepared, but also allows room to play. She's a bright light on set, and her optimism and positive outlook are infectious."

While Haubert began acting back home in Australia in her early teens, undoubtedly a formative time that led her to develop the strong craft she is known for today, Haubert really began to make her mark internationally a few years ago when she landed a lead role in Berenika Maciejewicz's ("Love of Mass Destruction," "Mucha," "A Recipe for Love") action-packed mystery thriller "Painkiller."

Produced by Magic Elevator ("Special Agent Kids," "Ghost Goggles"), the feature film centers on an unethical prison that begins testing a series of experimental drugs on a group of death row inmates at the facility. When one of the drugs is proven to make those whose consume it immortal, the inmates hatch a plan to steal the drug in order to break out of prison.

Starring alongside Mike Pfaff from the Primetime Emmy Award winning series "2 Broke Girls" and "Quarantine L.A.," Elodie Hara ("Miss Guidance," "Manifesto") and Roy Pucillo ("Play Hard," "Music Therapy") Ingrid Haubert gave a stand-out performance as Dawn, the girlfriend of Grant Ripper (played by Carey Davis), one of the inmates. As a key figure in their escape plan, Dawn is a pivotal character in the developing storyline who not only orchestrates the inmates' jailbreak from the outside, but one who also sheds light on the life Ripper left behind.

The way Haubert brought Dawn to life on-screen, a character who uses her seemingly endless sex-appeal to get what she wants, was so spot on one might think the actress and her character share similarities off-screen. That however just points to Haubert's impressive capacity as a performer.

"I love playing roles that are completely different from who I am. I think the difference is that a lot of the characters I have played who are different from me were different mentally and [Dawn] was different in her physical presence," Haubert explains.

"She was a very overtly sexual sort of girl, with short shorts and little tops and she relished in the attention. Where as I am the complete opposite of that... it pushed me to find a way to be comfortable in my body, but also comfortable inhabiting it in a vastly different way than I usually do, as Dawn was absolutely fine with it."

Shortly after the release of "Painkiller" director Berenika Maciejewicz cast Haubert in her next feature, the family adventure film "Dognapped." Clearly Haubert made an impact on Maciejewicz with her performance as Dawn, but that comes as no surprise to those who've worked with her before.

Actress Stephanie Greco, who co-starred alongside Haubert in the 2015 dramatic adventure film "2Survive," says, "[Ingrid] is a natural talent and artist. Her performances are raw, heartfelt and imbued with complexity and vulnerability. She also has a deep love for the craft of acting and you can see that when she performs. Every character is filled with depth and emotion. The way she embodies each role is inspiring… She was a dream castmate."

Taking on the starring role of Amber, a character that at first appears to be an air-headed blonde, but proceeds to reveal her inner strength and dynamic personality as the story unfolds, "2Survive" was yet another feature film where Haubert dove into a character the opposite from herself.

Haubert's natural grace coupled with her range on screen has been a major factor in her success as an actress in both Australia and the states. Last year she made a strong foray into network television when she guest starred on MTV's hit series "Awkward," which earned both a Teen Choice and People's Choice Award among numerous other nominations.

While she has understandably received quite a bit of attention for her performances over the years, for Haubert, acting is about stories more than anything else. She says, "I want to tell beautiful stories that I connect and resonate with. Stories that are unique and challenging, but also stories that can just be light hearted and pleasurable."

With such a wide range of roles already under her belt, it's perplexing to imagine how she could possibly widen the scope even further; yet her newest project, the film "Birth," is one that we expect will do just that.

The upcoming sci-fi film "Birth" follows Tehra, played by Haubert, a mesmerizingly beautiful alien who's literally born out of the soil of the earth on a foreign planet. There she meets a lonely astronomer who embarks on a mission to help her return to the stars where she is rightfully from. 

"I am overjoyed to play her, I have loved the screenplay ever since I first read it. I am very proud that I was chosen to portray such an exquisite character, especially as it was a highly sought after role. But to be honest, I felt so connected to her from the moment I read 'Birth' that I knew it had to be me," explains Haubert. 

The film, which is slated to begin filming later this month, is written by Mico Montes ("Anytime") and directed by Brett G. Walker ("Box 3125"). Montes and Walker previously collaborated as writer and director on the 2016 film "The Groundskeeper" starring Jim Tavaré from the Golden Globe winning series "Californication" and the two-time Oscar nominated film "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Jon Briddell ("Criminal Minds," "Secrets and Lies") and Young Artist Award nominee Kelea Skelton ("Mermaid").

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